Taking Golf to Schools – 10,000 kids at a time

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IN its endeavour to grow the game of golf in India, the apex body of the sport- The Indian Golf Union (IGU)- is taking golf to schools and straight to the millennials. The IGU’s West Zone team along with the State Golf Associations has successfully conducted its first pilot of the ‘Golf in Schools Program’ at the Apple Global School, Ahmedabad.

How the Golf in Schools Program Works

Schools add golf as part of its curriculum for a period of 8 weeks (ages 6-14).

Once a week, 1 hour sessions with a club pro held on the school premises

At the end of 8 weeks, children are taken to the golf course to play a round

Children & parents may enrol for further lessons at the nearby club to take on the sport

The pilot saw over 300 kids aged 6-14 get introduced to the game by Arjun Singh- Head Pro, Kensville Golf Academy – assisted by his team. The kids had the opportunity to learn the basics of the game and hit balls into the practice net & putting mats on their school premises. The excitement continued as the kids got a chance to put their newly acquired skills to the test at the golf course. Numerous prizes and fun competitions were held to keep the spirits and interest levels high. As a result of the first pilot, over 25 kids have already signed up for additional coaching at Kensville Golf Academy and Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf in Ahmedabad.

This fantastic initiative has already gathered interest from several schools in Gujarat and Maharashtra with over 7 schools to follow suit.

The IGU hopes to reach 10,000 kids by the end of 2017 through this mega initiative. We wish the teams the very best in this much needed endeavour to produce our champions of the future.

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